Saved by the Bell: How to Increase Productivity at Home

You’ve implemented some tips for optimizing your remote work space. Now what? Time to focus on your work time. Here are some tried-and-true strategies to boost your productivity throughout your remote work day. Learn what motivates you to plan ahead, set clear boundaries, invest fully into your work and personal time, and feel confident that you’re taking care of yourself at work and at home, even when those happen to be the same place.

Seven Strategies to Streamline Your Workplace

As the world slowly and tentatively starts to reopen, many of us are still staying home. Staying home means working remotely, and that means setting up our own work spaces. Some of us may be settling into home offices, others stealing a corner of a common room for a simple desk, and yet others getting creative with outdoor solutions. I’ve loved the chance to get some work done at the picnic table on our patio, but I’m finding that working in unusual spots has notably reduced my productivity. Fortunately, I’ve done some research, and I’ve compiled a list of seven strategies to streamline my work space and combat those challenges to productivity.

Break the Email Habit

Why Communication Will Soon Look Very Different

When Email Is a Full Time Job

If answering your email feels like a full time job, you’re not alone. The average knowledge worker spends 2-3 hours a day answering email, at a significant cost in productivity to companies. Large companies have tried to address the issue from the top down: Thierry Breton, the head of major French systems integrator ATOS banned all email across the company’s 76,000 employees. Many companies continue the search for alternatives. There have been a host of proposals for what individuals can do to help. The proponents of the Email Charter have drawn up a list of twelve best practices they asked everyone to adopt toward doing away with the common blight of email overload. Among them:
  • Spare the CC’s: they multiply “like mating bunnies” and clutter everyone’s inbox
  • Cut contentless responses: “Thanks for your note” is empty and better left unsent

Email Habits Are Hard To Break

Take brevity, for example: Long-winded explanations, justifications, and even social niceties (“Hi Max. How have you been?”) take valuable time to write and to read. For the most part, a person reading your email just wants to know: What is expected of me right now? Most people are afraid to just get to the point for fear they might seem rude. But as journalist Jordan Crook famously pointed out:

“If everyone were to cut out all the niceties, everyone would be a bitch. But if everyone did it, no one would be a bitch. And right now, everyone is a bitch. Email’s bitch.”

 Pyrus Can Help

Pyrus was designed with one principle in mind: get items out of your inbox as quickly as possible so you can focus on real work. To that end, some of the basic Pyrus features include: Read more

A Tool Your Sales Team Will Love

Pyrus Automates Sales Workflows (and More)

Pyrus is a versatile communication platform for teamwork that can be easily adapted to the needs of every department in your organization. This week we focus on how it can make life easier for your entire sales team.

1. Every Inbound Lead is a Task

Communication in Pyrus centers on tasks, and your inbound leads are no exception.

Pyrus automatically converts incoming inquiries emailed to a designated address such as sales@yourcompany.com into actionable tasks for your sales reps to tackle. Any attachments on the original email are copied over into the new task. Created tasks can be programmatically assigned to a workflow based on the type of inquiry coming in. Read more